About the DC Metropolitan Area

Public School Information

If you're like many home buyers who move to the DC Metro area, your home search isn't as simple as choosing a price, location, and a couple of unique features. Schools are a priority. You want nothing but the best education for your child, which means you want to know school ratings, accolades, extracurricular activities, and college readiness courses that these public schools provide. We're here to give you the answers you need.


Explore Maryland Public Schools

There's a reason that people want to find a home in Maryland. This area — which includes communities like Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and Potomac — is home to a renowned public school district and some of the most sought-after high schools in the nation. Here is a quick overview of the Montgomery County Public Schools district.

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District Quick Facts

Superintendent: Dr. Jack R. Smith

Number of Students: 159,242

Graduation Rate: 89.4%

Avg. SAT Score: 1631

Blue Ribbon Schools: 37

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

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Top 10 High Schools

According to US News & World Report

  1. Winston Churchill HS (Potomac)
  2. Thomas S. Wootton HS (Rockville)
  3. Poolesville HS (Poolesville)
  4. Walter Johnson HS (Bethesda)
  5. Richard Montgomery HS (Rockville)
  6. Col. Zadok Magruder HS (Rockville)
  7. Damascus HS (Damascus)
  8. Paint Branch HS (Burtonsville)
  9. Wheaton HS (Silver Spring)
  10. Albert Einstein HS (Kensington)

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Important Contacts

School Boundary Information
240-314-4710

Transportation: 
301-840-8130

Curriculum & Instructional Programs: 
301-279-3411

General District Information: 
301-309-6277


Montgomery County's "High School Clusters"

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) assigns students in a particular location to schools based on "high school clusters." This just means that students will attend elementary and middle schools that are assigned to one high school. For instance, the Walt Whitman High School cluster is comprised of Walt Whitman High School, Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, and several elementary schools in the vicinity.

School assignments may change periodically, but you can look up which schools your child may attend with the School Assignment Tool.


Want to Learn More About Local Schools?

Our real estate experts have all the information you need to know about schools throughout the DC Metro area, including in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC itself. We would be happy to talk to you about the local school districts and provide you with any additional information. Call us at 301.775.4196.

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